This Shape-Changing Furniture Makes Moving Waste Free

People's furniture needs change over time. So, to reduce the amount of furniture thrown out each year, innovative furniture company MOJUHLER created collapsible, modular furniture that can transform from one furniture item to another. 


May 24 2019, Updated 2:23 a.m. ET

No matter your situation, you'll likely need to replace or upgrade your furniture throughout your life. For example, while a college student living in a small dorm may have more use for shelving than for a coffee table, that same student may end up needing a coffee table more than shelves, once they move into their first real apartment. Unfortunately, the common solution is for the recent grad to simply throw out their old shelves from college and purchase a new table. Down the road, when upgrading to a new place, said person may realize that they once again need shelves more than a table, so new shelves are purchased and the coffee table winds up in the dumpster. 

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If this scenario sounds familiar, it could be due to the fact that throwing out unneeded furniture between moves is more common than not. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans alone throw out over nine tons of furniture every year. This  furniture, like so much other waste, mostly ends up in already overcrowded landfills, which is a problem for the planet. Decomposing landfill waste crates CO2, which contributes to the buildup of greenhouse gasses in earth's atmosphere. 

The EPA itself even encourages citizens to reuse old furniture instead of throwing it out, whenever possible. But that can be easier said that done, due to changing needs. If only furniture could transform itself from one form into another. If only the coffee table could become shelves, and vice versa. 

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Thanks to one innovative furniture company, MOJUHLER, it now can. MOJUHLER has created an entire line of collapsible, modular furniture with the unique ability to transform from one item into another. Chairs can change into bar stools or mini benches (and back again) at a customer's discretion, thanks to the furniture's unique system of interchangeable panels. 

These panels also give the furniture its unique, modern look, as well as the ability to collapse entirely flat, which makes moving simple. According to MOJUHLER, the design was created specifically with the environment in mind. The idea is simple: reduce furniture waste by creating furniture that can shift along with a customer's changing needs. 

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So how does it work? All of MOJUHLER'S modular furniture is sold in kits, which come with interchangeable wooden panels, metal brackets, and bolts. According to MOJUHLER's website, the only tool needed to put the furniture together is an allen wrench. If a customer later wants to change their furniture into a different piece, they can simply look up which panels they need via MOJUHLER's website and purchase them, along with brackets and bolts, as necessary. 

The panels themselves come in a variety of bright and neutral colors, allowing them to blend seamlessly with any decor. They are covered in pre-drilled holes, to make reconfiguring simple. All panels are made from 100 percent biodegradable plywood with no plastic components, which means that even in the event that some MOJUHLER furniture is thrown away, it won't end up crowding landfills for decades to come, as many traditional furniture components would. This makes MOJUHLER furniture kits an ideal choice for frequent movers who happen to be eco-conscious, or people who simply like to be mindful about what they put into their homes, short and long-term. 


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